- July 1, 1936 - February 15, 2017
- Columbia, South Carolina
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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Dr. Louis B. Gilham, Jr., 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with Reverend Mike Baer officiating the service. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Dr. Gilham died Wednesday, February 15, 2017. He was born on July 1, 1936 in Columbia.
Ben was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and received his Doctorate in dentistry from the University of Tennessee. He practiced dentistry for 44 years in Ridgeland and Hilton Head Island. Ben served in the U.S. Navy on the USS FORRESTAL. He was a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Grace Community Church on Hilton Head, the Yacht Club of Hilton Head, was a Charter member of the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, a Boy Scout leader and taught teenage Bible studies in Ridgeland, S.C. He also served as a volunteer dentist for the elderly in a nursing home facility on Hilton Head.
He was dedicated to God and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Ben was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, JoAnne Goldson Gilham and his parents, Louis Benjamin Gilham, Sr. and Vivian Milligan Gilham.
Surviving are his children, Sherry Johnston (Chris) of Hilton Head Island, Leslye Tapp (Billy) of Hilton Head, Joanie Whigham of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Lynne Houser of Columbia, and Trey Gilham (Jody) of Columbia; grandchildren, Caylee Snelling (Drew), Danielle Raymond (John), Morgan Johnston, Krystin Walker (Chris), Pete and Regan Tapp, Jeffery and Brighton Whigham, David Houser, and Emma, Ben, Wil, and Jax Gilham; great-grandchildren, Jo and Dean Snelling, Shea Raymond, and Maggie and Georgia Walker; sister, Betsy League (Tad); brother-in-law, Charles H. Goldson (Cherry) of St. Petersburg, Florida; niece, Susan League, nephew, Cy League (Colleen); a great-niece, Ellie League; and nieces, Karen Goldson Tellbuescher and Emily Goldson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Community Church Missions, 450 Spanish Wells Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926; or C.M. Tucker, Jr. Nursing Care Center, 2200 Harden St. Columbia, SC 29203.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.